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Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s LUMP delivers the synth ritual “Animal”, the title track of their new album

As teased earlier in the week, LUMP have returned with a new single and plans for a new album. The duo of Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay (of Tunng) will release their new record Animal on July 30 through Partisan/Chrysalis. LUMP continued the process of their self-titled debut, with Lindsay composing the basis of their synth explorations and Marling adding abstract, mind-numbing lyricism.

Of Animal, Marling says: “There’s a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild. And also it fed into the idea we had from the start of thinking of LUMP as a kind of representation of instincts, and the world turned upside down.”

Lindsay adds: “We created LUMP as a sort of persona and an idea and a creature. Through LUMP we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe.”

Our first voyage into this carnal parallel universe is the album’s title track, a propulsive kosmiche song with the lightest layer of fuzz. Marling’s voice and words are foregrounded, singing in rhythmic, hypnotic lines that hint at meaning, but simultaneously just build upon the percolating detail of the production – “big plants / just like a slow trance / looked like a strange dance / do you remember?” They take a sideline into an operatic breakdown, before jumping back onto the song’s propulsive mainline. A true example of the ‘anything goes’ ethos of LUMP, and the brilliance that these two have when throwing everything at the wall and knowing what sticks, “Animal” makes us extremely glad that there’s more from the project on the way.

Watch the video for “Animal” below, but make sure you find the full version on streaming platforms too.

LUMP’s new album Animal is out on July 30 (pre-order/save). Find the project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.